Saturday, 22 December 2018

My Plans for the Christmas Break

So today is the first official day of my Christmas break! I say Christmas break, but really the only days I have off are Christmas day and boxing day, our office is closed though which means working from the sofa, woooo! Because I will be at home so much and things will be a bit easier than normal I have set myself some things I would like to do over the break.

the last namsara bullet journal

Read a hardback book / fantasy
I think anyone who knows me knows that I hate hardback books. I read a lot on my commute to work and hardbacks are heavy and take up a lot of space in my bag, plus they hurt when they fall on your face more that a paperback does. They do look beautiful on the bookcase though. Because I don't have this commute at the moment I think it's a great time to finally tackle the hardbacks that have been sat on my shelf.
I've also not been reading that much fantasy this year, I think that is in part due to me trying to achieve my goodreads reading goal as fantasy tends to be a bit longer I've been opting for shorter contemporaries instead to rack up the books read number. I've now completed my goal so I'm ready to sink my teeth into some chunky fantasy, starting with The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli which I have heard people rave about. 

Set up a 2019 bullet journal
Scatty is definitely a word that describes my personal life. At work I am a total boss, but for everything else I am bit of a mess so I'm hoping that by starting a bullet journal I can get my shit together. Not only am I planning to use it to schedule my personal life but I also want to use it for helping me with blog posts, brainstorming, scheduling etc. 2019 is the year my blog takes over the world. Mwahahaha. 

Learn photoshop
Another thing that I am hoping will help with improving my blog in 2019 is learning how to use photoshop. I've worked hard this year on trying to make my blog look how I want it to, and for me I think it's very pleasing to the eye but my photos are something I definitely want to improve upon.

Read some books that will help in my professional career
For those of you who don't know, I am an events marketing manager for the European region at the company I work at. I'm quite confident in what I do but I'm a big believer of never being complacent and always trying to keep learning and experimenting. I picked up How to Own the Room last month and think it is the perfect sort of read for what I am after. 

Complete a book on New Years day
The past couple of years I have sat and read a book on New Years day. They are only short books, 200 or so pages but it helps me feel like I've got a kick start on the year when it comes to reading. For 2019 I'm thinking of reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang, I've had it on my shelf for a while and it's only 188 pages so the perfect size, my friend Amy at Obv It's Lifestyle has recommended it to me so many times too.

Maybe I am being a bit too ambitious in trying to fit this all into 10 days but we shall see. Of course I will also be eating a lot of cheese and drinking prosecco too! Do you have any things you want to achieve over the break or are you just looking to relax? Relaxing is definitely a good choice after a hectic work year.


  1. These are fab plans, I hope you manage to achieve them all. I love the idea of reading a book on New Years Day - I might steal that idea! Have a fantastic Christmas! xx

  2. OOh some fab plans, ive never quite got the whole bullet journal thing but I do love seeing how creative people are x

  3. How wonderful that you have started your break already, hope you do get the chance to do all that you have set to do during the holidays

  4. Sounds like you will have a good relaxed Christmas and making the most of your time reading. I hope the bullet journal goes how you want it to.

  5. I'm taking about 10 days off over Christmas as well, and I'm using the time to catch up on admin. Love the idea of learning Photoshop though, that's something I need to get around to doing!

  6. I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas break and manage to achieve your plans!

  7. Good luck with learning photoshop, I tried and failed LOL

  8. I think it's great to have a plan like this. I really want to read more in 2019, I feel I've totally abandoned that and I know I need to get more organised with my blog (love the look of that bullet journal).

  9. This is such a good plan for this time of the year! I've been trying to find more time to read as well. Hope you have a good New Years
    Laura x

  10. Hope you get on ok with photoshop, it’s such a great skill to have but seems so complicated. I’m going to get a proper camera in the new year so will look at editing programmes then too

  11. Ooh how are you getting on? I'm aiming to get a 2019 bullet journal set up too (although it's the 29th December and at the moment I haven't started so I'd better get working!). I'd find reading the fantasy/hardback probably the easiest of your goals, and Photoshop the hardest I think! I'm aiming to read some career related books in 2019 but I have to admit I'm not really thinking about work until after New Year, so good on you!

  12. Great plans! I hate reading hard back books too and I also need to learn how to use Photoshop


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